Zach Randolph led all scorers with 25 points and added 14 rebounds, as the Memphis Grizzlies earned their first-ever franchise playoff victory with a 101-98 decision over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
Spurs blog Pounding The Rock has a theory. And that theory posits that the Spurs losing Game One to 8-seed Memphis was a good thing. I'll let them explain.
Readers who are familiar with my New Odd-Numbered Year theory (which I unveiled in March to lukewarm response) may know where I'm headed with this, because I love a good pattern as much as love the Spurs. Teams, like people, have personalities, and regularly do things in a certain way. And since Manu Ginobili joined the Spurs in 2002-03, the post-season for every championship they've won has begun with a loss in Game One of their first playoff series.
Quite simply, when the Spurs lose the first game of the NBA Playoffs, they win titles. Case closed.